For my 4th of July Special, I am going to be assembling a team of players born in our nations capitol. Let’s get straight into it!
PG: Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder was born a little outside of Washington D.C, as he was born in Landover, Maryland. He is a starter for the Miami Heat, averaging 6.4 points a game. One notable performance he had was against the Timberwolves where he scored 15 points while also grabbing 5 boards. Rodney McGruder is excellent at his defense, almost like an Andre Roberson type player. I am playing him at point guard because I feel I would rather him lock down the point guards in the league then the shooting guards. The point guard position is stronger then the shooting guard position in today’s NBA.
SG: Treveon Graham
Treveon Graham was born in Washington D.C. and also played college in Virginia Commonwealth. In 27 games this season for the Hornets, he played 7 minutes scoring 2.1 points. Graham has a pretty good player efficiency rating of 10.61. I have to say that this young shooting guard does not have one part of his game where he has to really improve on. To go even more recent with Graham, in a recent Summer League game vs the Indiana Pacers where is scored 18 points, 3 assists and grabbed 4 boards. Another note to add to that is out of those 4 rebounds, 2 of them were offensive rebounds.
SF: Kevin Durant
The best player of the team, an all-star, Kevin Durant. The current finals MVP scored 25.1 points, grabs 8.3 boards, and passes for 4.8 assists. To add on to this, he has a player efficiency rating of 27.68, the best small forward rating in the league. There is not much to add on to Kevin Durant, he is a great player in the league who was an MVP candidate. We may see him in his later stages of his career going back to his hometown in the Wizards. If that happens, just imagine how good that team could be, especially if they can get a good power forward/center. In the future, just imagine John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Kevin Durant.
PF: Patrick Patterson
Patrick Patterson is one of the hardest working NBA players. Patterson is very underrated in the Raptors roster. He plays on the bench right behind Serge Ibaka. Patterson plays 24.6 minutes, scoring 6.8 points and even shooting 37.2% from 3. He also passes for 1.2 assists, grabs 4.5 boards and blocks 0.4 shots a game. In one season for the Rockets he averaged an outstanding 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.6 blocks. He keeps working on his game and is a key bench player for the Toronto Raptors.
C: Ed Davis
Ed Davis is known for his outstanding defense. This season he had half a block a game in 17 minutes which is pretty good. To add on to this, he had 4.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. The fact is, if he played 30 minutes he could have 10 points, 10 rebounds, and a block per game. That is pretty good considering on this Washington D.C. team he would be a starter. Adding on to these statistics, Davis has an efficiency rating of 11.5. Before we move on to the next player, I want to show you 2 of Davis’s games. The first game is against the Knicks. In 33 minutes he shot 7-9 in a 14 point game, had 10 rebounds and had 2 blocks. This game really showed that if Ed Davis starts then he can produce. I want to also show you stats against the Atlanta Hawks. In 27 minutes he had 11 points and an incredible 13 rebounds. To add on to this he also had a block. These two games really show that on this Washington D.C. team, Ed Davis can produce great numbers and he can be a defensive beast.
6th: Thomas Robinson
The final player is a man who will be coming of the bench, Thomas Robinson. I know I talk about player efficiency rating a lot, but I have to talk about Thomas Robinson. He has an incredible 17.38 player inefficiency rating! Thomas Robinson is one of those players you don’t understand why he is a journeyman. For the 76ers, he had a spell of 22 games where he played 18.5 minutes scoring 8.8 points and grabbing 7.7 boards. This past season he averaged 5 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Lakers. In 22 minutes vs the Clippers, he scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. This shows that he can be a really good role player or even starter in the NBA.
That is my team of players born in Washington D.C. This team is pretty good however if it were to be a contender you would want an all-star guard on the team. Thank you all for reading this page and have a great 4th of July!
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